With the theme “Equal in Dignity of all Persons" 33 priests and religious from north and south of Sri Lanka gathered for a workshop from the 30th July to the 02ndAugust 2012 at Santhana Retreat House in Galaha Kandy Sri Lanka. Mr. Philip Setunga facilitated the workshop that was organized by the Human Rights Office Kandy. The participants from different parts of the country were with experience working with detainees, prisoners and Human Rights activists defending and safeguarding the marginalized and those affected by the civil war.
The group divided itself into two for the exposure that was had on the 31st July. Visiting the Torture victims /persons detained under the PTA around Balagolla and Teldeniya Area. Visiting the worker at Asgiriya estate in Matale district.
All participants introduced themselves with the work they were engaged in, especially the recent experiences that they had in protecting the Rights of different communities. There was a long discussion about the situation of the people of Mullikulam and further the resolutions of the last workshop held in Madhu were also reviewed.
It was the occasion, as expressed by some of the participants, for each one to express freely and in a constructive manner the realities lived, challenges faced, reactions emitted and hopes held out as members of the believing community. All the sharing is reflected in the resolutions adopted at the end of the meeting.
The next workshop scheduled from the 04th to the 07th February 2013 in Madhu.
Human Rights Office Kandy, Torture in Sri Lanka, Disappearances in Sri Lanka, Healing and Counseling
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